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Mother’s Day Flower & Plant Sale!

Mother’s Day Plant and Flower Sale with Michigan City Area Schools The Social Events Committee of the Michigan City Area Schools Transportation Department will be hosting its 6th Annual Mother’s Day Plant and Flower Sale on Friday, May 7. The sale runs from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. on the front lawn of the Service Building at 1100 S. Woodland Ave, Michigan City, directly behind Joy Elementary School. This year the sale will feature a large selection of Potted Plants, Flowers and Hanging Baskets grown locally and provided by Mark’s Farm Market and Greenhouses of LaPorte County. The Social Events

April 16th, 2021|Events, Local News|


The Indiana Department of Health announced today that free COVID-19 vaccinations will be offered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway without an appointment today through Sunday. The speedway is offering the Moderna vaccine from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Individuals should enter through Gate 2 off 16th Street. Additional appointments are available at the speedway later this month and can be scheduled at https://ourshot.in.gov. Second-dose appointments will be scheduled at the time of the first dose and will be offered at Lucas Oil Stadium. Appointments are also still available at the mass vaccination site at the former Roosevelt High School in Gary, which

April 16th, 2021|Local News|

Meals on Wheels Shoe Drive for Laporte County

Laporte County Meals on Wheels Shoe Drive will be from April 1 - May 31. 4 Locations in Michigan City and 3 in Laporte. Meals on Wheels provides therapeutically prepared nutritious hot meals delivered to homebound, seniors and disabled persons. The continued support of the community and selfless volunteers make this possible.

April 16th, 2021|Events, Local News|

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross Offers Free Home Fire Safety Resources

The Indiana Region of the American Red Cross is encouraging residents to pledge to prepare to protect their homes and families from the deadly threat of home fires by signing up for free preparedness resources during a push for fire safety this spring. Local Red Cross volunteers are encouraging people to sign up for free home fire preparedness resources – including escape plans and tips for talking with children – as part of the national “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” campaign to educate people about home fire safety. Preparedness appointments will be handled virtually, in an effort to safely

April 15th, 2021|Local News|

Nipsco Shares Energy Efficiency Programs and Tips in Honor of Earth Day 2021

To celebrate the planet this Earth Day, April 22, NIPSCO customers can take advantage of energy efficiency offers and tips to help save energy and money at home as the weather turns warmer.   New to NIPSCO.com is the Home Online Marketplace. NIPSCO residential customers can take advantage of instant discounts of up to 75% off Manufacturer Suggested Retail Prices when they replace their energy - hogging light bulbs, thermostats, power strips and sink/ shower fixtures with more energy efficient products. In addition to the every day NIPSCO instant discount, now through April 22, residential customers can take advantage of

April 15th, 2021|Local News|

A Teachable Ride

Students in the Automotive Technology program at the AK Smith Career Center in Michigan City have a “new” vehicle to work on, thanks to a donation from Auto Park Ford La Porte.   The LaPorte County Career and Technical Education Program received the donation, a 2013 Ford Focus, through Ford’s Automotive Career Exploration (ACE) program, which provides repurchased vehicles to automotive education programs through dealer partnerships.   Auto Park Service Manager Joe Gannuscio and Ford Motor Company Field Service Engineer Chris Lowe stopped by the Career Center on Tuesday, April 13, to present the keys to A.K. Smith Automotive instructor

April 15th, 2021|Local News|

Breaking The Glass Ceiling Event April 28th

Professionals that want to rise to the top of their industry have a lot to learn from Debie Coble’s story. Over her 30+ year career, she rose from a local store manager position to the role of President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. Along the way, she learned a lot of lessons that up-and-coming business leaders will find useful.  Debie Coble will be the next featured guest during the inspirational Breaking the Glass Ceiling web series on April 28th. In this FREE web series from NWIIWA, an accomplished guest will be sharing lessons intended to help other professionals empower their careers. There

April 15th, 2021|Events, Local News|

Covid-19 Clinic open today at Purdue Northwest

Purdue Northwest has partnered with the La Porte County Health Department and HealthLinc to offer a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at our Westville Campus. This clinic is open to the community TODAY, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there are appointments available! The clinic is offering the Moderna vaccine. This vaccine will require two doses, with the second dose administered at the PNW campus on May 20. (When you get your vaccine today, HealthLinc will register you to return for your second dose.) Just call 1-888-580-1060, extension 3401 to register for your vaccine, and come on out today

April 15th, 2021|Events, Local News|

IU Northwest hosting fourth annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 23 pairing teachers with more than 20 schools and school corporations in Northwest Indiana

The School of Education and the Office of Career Services at Indiana University Northwest are hosting the fourth annual Teacher Recruitment Fair on Friday, April 23. This year, the event will be held virtually, with two sessions available for participants to choose from: 10 a.m. to noon or 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Twenty school corporations, which includes multiple schools, as well individual public, charter, and private schools throughout Northwest Indiana will be actively recruiting candidates during the fair to fill available positions for teachers, administrators, and more. Due to the pandemic, several schools are urgently seeking to hire teachers

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

Indiana Transitions to New High School Equivalency Exam

The Department of Workforce Development and Indiana Adult Education will transition to a new high school equivalency test on July 1. Used in more than 25 states and territories, HiSET® will become the state’s new HSE credential and another way for Hoosiers without a high school diploma to demonstrate their skills and knowledge. A product of ETS, a leader in assessment, the HiSET® exam is consistent with the curricular emphasis found in today’s high schools, aligns with the College and Career Readiness Standards for adult education, and maintains rigor while providing another path to a new future. According to Marilyn

April 14th, 2021|Local News|

May monthly ticket update

The South Shore Line announces it will continue its “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” promotion to include May monthly tickets. All monthly tickets purchased for the month of May 2021 will remain valid throughout June.  Passengers purchasing a paper May monthly ticket should plan to keep that ticket and use it through June, and passengers purchasing a digital May monthly ticket via the mobile app will see a June ticket uploaded to their accounts prior to June 1.   For passengers who receive tickets through an employer benefit program such as Wage Works or Commuter Benefit Solutions, these passengers should not order

April 14th, 2021|Local News|


On April 13, 2021, at 8:16 AM, deputies were advised of a reckless driver traveling eastbound on US 20 from the area of CR 400 West. The vehicle was reported as traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes of US 20. While traveling north on Fail Road to the area, Deputy Bobby Greer observed a vehicle traveling southbound matching the description of the reckless driver and passing another motorist in a no passing zone. Deputy Greer had to pull over onto the shoulder of Fail Road to avoid a head-on collision with the reckless driver. A traffic stop was initiated on

April 14th, 2021|Local News|


On July 24, 2020, at 11:54 AM, deputies were dispatched to the 8200 east block of US 6, rural Johnson Township, refence a personal injury crash. Deputies arrived and found one of the involved drivers unresponsive with no pulse. That driver, Taren E. ABAIR (29 YOA) of Grovertown, Indiana, was pronounced dead at the scene. Given the circumstances and dynamics of the crash, the Sheriff’s Office Fatal Alcohol Crash Team (FACT) was activated to assist with the investigation. Following their initial response, FACT members continued with the crash investigation for several months. As a result of their investigation, on March

April 14th, 2021|Local News|


South Shore announced that they will be CLOSING the 11th Street Station and parking lots beginning May 1st and will not re-open until the construction is completed in 2024. Additionally, the two 11th Street parking lots will be closed as they begin the staging for the new station and platforms. The footprint of the east and south parking lots will be used for laydown, staging, and contractor mobile offices. The train will no longer stop at this station. Carroll Avenue Station and parking will remain open throughout the construction into 2024. South Shore will coordinate with our Transportation Director Robin

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

Memorial service for perinatal loss in Michigan City recognizes the grief families feel after a lost pregnancy

While pregnancy is a time of excitement and anticipation, the loss of a pregnancy or newborn is a heartbreaking experience, especially for the child’s parents. Franciscan Health recognizes the pain that families go through in perinatal loss and provides services to those seeking care and comfort. Twice a year, Franciscan Health Michigan City holds a memorial service is held to remember these children. The public is invited to take part in “Remembering Our Babies” at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, 1015 Greenwood Ave. in Michigan City. Attendees are requested to wear facemasks and observe social

April 13th, 2021|Local News|


The Indiana Department of Health is proactively notifying all vaccination clinics using the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to pause its use following news reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has called for additional review of its safety. The state has not received official notification of a directive to pause but is doing so out of an abundance of caution. The health department will be sending the two-dose Moderna vaccine to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which is conducting mass vaccination clinics today, so that Hoosiers can continue to get vaccinated without interruption. The department is also working

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

Northwest Health – La Porte Expands Cancer Care Services

Northwest Health – La Porte announced that it is now offering Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) imaging services in La Porte. The PET/CT unit saw its first patient on March 19. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scan is a test to detect and measure disease processes in the body such as cancer. It uses a safe, radioactive tracer to show biochemical changes taking place in the body. PET scans can detect disease, like cancer, before it is visible on other imaging tests. “With the growth of our Cancer Care services and our continued dedication to keeping patients close to home

April 13th, 2021|Local News|

One dead from an early morning crash involving a semi-tractor trailer

One person was deceased at the scene this morning of a horrific crash involving a semi-tractor trailer and passenger vehicle, the Chesterton Fire Department is reporting. As of 7:30 a.m. today the victim’s name had not been released and emergency services were still at the scene. Interim Fire Chief Eric Camel said that all east- and westbound lanes of U.S. 20 were closed to traffic between Tremont Road and C.R. 200E, to expedite reconstruction of the crash as well as cleanup of the scene. The CFD responded to the scene at 4:17 a.m. Camel was unable to comment on the

April 13th, 2021|Local News|
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